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PRESENTATION ON WOMEN EMPOWERMENT AND GENDER EQUALITY BILL, 2013

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PRESENTATION ON WOMEN EMPOWERMENT AND GENDER EQUALITY BILL, 2013

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  1. PRESENTATION ONWOMEN EMPOWERMENT AND GENDER EQUALITY BILL, 2013 PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE MEETING; 14 NOVEMBER 2013

  2. INTRODUCTION AND PREAMBLE • Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill (the Bill) is based on the values and principles enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (the Constitution) and various national and international instruments that establish a framework for the achievement of gender equality. • Preamble: the Preamble affirms South Africa’s commitments to the promotion of gender equality and prohibition of discrimination on the basis of gender.

  3. APPLICATION • Application of the Bill: Clause 2: provides that unless otherwise indicated in the Act, the Act applies to designated public bodies and designated private bodies. • Clause 2(2) provides that the Minister may in order to achieve the progressive realisation of this Act, by Notice in the Gazette, designate public bodies and private bodies which must comply with one or more provisions of the Act. • Clause 2(3) provides that the Minister may from time to time, for the purpose of subsection (2), designate different public bodies and private bodies which must comply with this provision.

  4. OBJECTIVES OF THE BILL Objectives: Clause 3: provides that the objectives of the Bill are to: • Give effect to the letter and spirit of the Constitution. • Facilitate compliance with the country’s commitment to international agreements. • Align aspects of the laws and implementation of the laws relating to women empowerment and the appointment and representation of women in decision making positions and structures;

  5. OBJECTIVES OF BILL, CONT.: • Facilitate the development and implementation of plans and strategies on women empowerment and submit those plans and strategies to the Minister for consideration, evaluation and guidance. • Provide for the implementation of measures to achieve the progressive realisation of a minimum of 50% representation and meaningful participation of women in decision-making structures including Boards; • Provide for the implementation of gender mainstreaming; and • Provide for the development and implementation of plans and measures to educate the public on prohibited practices that unfairly discriminate on the grounds of gender.

  6. PROVISIONS IN THE BILL • Education and training: Clause 4: provides that designated public bodies and designated private bodies develop and implement plans and measures to ensure access to education for all, to address continued discriminatory practices, and ensure that the education programmes equip women with the requisite knowledge, skills and values to enable women to participate in the economy and in all structures. • Access to health care, including reproductive health: Clause 5: provides that designated public bodies and designated private bodies develop and implement a model for delivering women’s health, including reproductive health in order to achieve the progressive realisation of access to health and reproductive rights for women in compliance with applicable legislation and international agreements such as the MDGs and others.

  7. PROVISIONS IN THE BILL, Cont.: • Public education on prohibited practices, including gender based violence: Clause 6(1): provides that designated public bodies and designated private bodies develop and implement plans and measures to educate the public on prohibited practices that unfairly discriminate on the grounds of gender, including gender based violence, in compliance with the applicable legislation and international agreements. • Clause 6(2) provides that the Minister may establish mechanisms to undertake research, educational programmes and other measures to strengthen the efforts of designated public bodies and private bodies.

  8. PROVISIONS IN THE BILL, Cont.: • Equal representation and participation: Clause 7(1): provides that despite any other law, designated public bodies and designated private bodies must develop and implement measures in order to achieve the progressive realisation of at least 50 percent representation and meaningful participation of women in decision making structures. • Clause 7(2) provides that despite any other law, all political parties must develop and implement measures in order to achieve the progressive realisation of at least 50 percent representation and meaningful participation of women in decision making structures. • Clause 7(4) provides that designated public and private bodies must submit to the Minister their plans and measures in compliance with subsection (1) within one year of being designated, for consideration, review and guidance. • Clause 7(5) provides that the Minister may, at any time after the submission of plans in terms of subsection (4), require a designated public body or a designated private body to submit to the Minister a report on its implementation of subsection (1), for consideration, review and guidance.

  9. PROVISIONS IN THE BILL, Cont.: • Gender Mainstreaming: Clause 8(1): provides for implementation of gender mainstreaming and the submission of plans which seek to ensure gender mainstreaming to the Minister. • Clause 8(3) provides that the policies, plans, programmes and strategies must in the case of the designated public bodies, be approved by the Gender Focal Point contemplated in section 15, and in the case of designated private bodies, by the accounting officer also contemplated in that section. • Clause 8(4) provides that the Minister may require a designated public body or a designated private body to submit its plan and measures contemplated in subsection (1) within one year of being designated to the Minister, for consideration, evaluation and guidance.

  10. PROVISIONS IN THE BILL, Cont.: • Measures to empower women and to eliminate discrimination: Clause 9(1): provides that despite any other law, targets on women and men in all laws and policies on empowerment, shall be at least 50% women. • Clause 9(2): provides that designated public bodies and designated private bodies must, within their ambit of responsibilities, develop and implement plans and strategies to align their laws and strategies to s9(1) • Clause 9(3): provides that all designated public bodies and designated private bodies develop and implement plans and special measures to protect and advance women as a category which has been disadvantaged by unfair discrimination. • Clause 9(5): provides for development and implementation of plans and measures seeking to eliminate (i) gender discrimination, (ii) exploitation of women in labour market; and (iii) gender based violence.

  11. PROVISIONS IN THE BILL, Cont.: • Economic Empowerment: Clause 10(1): provides that despite any other law, targets on women and men in all laws and policies on economic empowerment, shall be at least 50% women. • Clause 10(2): provides that designated public bodies and designated private bodies develop and implement plans and strategies to align their laws and policies with subsection (1) within two years of coming into operation of this Act. • Clause 10(3): provides that all designated public bodies and designated private bodies develop and implement plans and special measures to: (a) promote the economic empowerment of women; (b) promote women’s access to economic and educational opportunities and productive resources;

  12. PROVISIONS IN THE BILL, Cont.: • Socio-economic empowerment of women in rural areas: Clause 11: provides for special measures for the socio-economic development for women in rural areas. • Socio-economic empowerment of women with disabilities: Clause 12: provides for special measures for the socio-economic development for women with disabilities.

  13. PROVISIONS IN THE BILL, Cont.: • Powers of Minister: Clause 13: provides for the role of the Minister to promote and coordinate the achievement of women empowerment and substantive gender equality. • Guidance by Minister: Clause 14: provides that the Minister may, in consultation with the relevant Minister give guidance to the designated public bodies and designated private bodies to promote women empowerment and gender equality.

  14. PROVISIONS IN THE BILL, Cont.: • Gender Units and Accountability: Clause 15: provides every designated public body must within a period of three years from the commencement of this Act, establish a GFP and appoint suitable personnel at an SMS level as prescribed and resource it appropriately. • It also provides that the Accounting Officers of the designated public bodies and designated private bodies are accountable for the mainstreaming of gender. • Enforcement: Clause 16: provides that subject to the Intergovernmental Relations Framework Act (IGRFA), the Minister, acting in the interests of women as a group or class of persons, may use any or all dispute resolution mechanisms to address non-compliance with this Act.

  15. THANK YOU